Reference

Fun Facts & Trivia Books

  • 1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over - Hardback - 9780571339105 - James Harkin
    QIBO
    James Harkin
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Iceland has more volcanoes than footballers.
    Cholesterol is good for you.
    Camels gave humans the common cold.
    These three facts are joined by 1,420 more in the latest book inspired by the popular BBC show, QI.

    Presented in a gift hardback style, the nuggets of information from the QI Elves are sure to make your jaw drop and are great for sharing with all your friends and inspiring conversations.

    One of our favourites is the fact that John Bercow MP, speaker of the Commons, has a cat called Order.
  • TYNK
    Elspeth Beidas
    • £12.99
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    This book takes 10 subject areas and divides them into 10 sections of 100 profiles each - making it the ultimate list book!

    From the visual, literary and performing arts to history, society and philosophy, design and technology, science and nature, travel, sport and leisure to food and drink, each list is full of fascinating insights.

    A great book to dip in and out of, it'll make a fascinating gift for anyone with an interest in history, popular culture and trivia.
  • TBBS
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    Did you know that most black holes are not actually that much bigger than London? Or that 1 millilitre of blood contains 5 million red blood cells? How about the fact 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day?

    The Big Book of Science is packed with facts, figures and theories that will blow anyone's mind. Many are accompanied by diagrams, charts and illustrations that make them even more accessible.
    This incredibly informative book is full of infographics that will help readers understand the fundamental scientific principles and theories by using analogies to describe the abstract ideas using everyday objects.

    There are chapters dedicated to science topics including physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, Earth sciences, anatomy and technology.
  • HWSE
    Geoff Tibballs
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    The world's greatest sporting spectacles include the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics but what about those alternative events where participants risk their lives in pursuit of glory for scant reward e.g. Mongolia's yak racing.

    This light-hearted book covers the weird and wonderful of the sporting world including Germany's Mud Olympics, where competitors play soccer, volleyball and handball while knee-deep in mud; Oregon's Pig-n-Ford races where drivers speed around a track while carrying a live pig under one arm; and Australia's take on the Boat Race - where teams carry boats along the dry bed of the River Todd.

    Other amazing experiences include cheese rolling, volcano boarding and underwater hockey.
  • TYHS
    Dixe Wills
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    Tiny Histories is the perfect book for anyone with an interest in history. Wittily told, it reveals the seemingly insignificant coincidences, decisions and acts that have helped to shape British history.

    Fun and informative, it reveals how the world we live in is often shaped by trivial events rather than the actions of world leaders and looks at the enormous repercussions that mistakes like a wrong turn and an act of chivalry can have.

    Looking behind the scenes of wars, politics, the arts, food, science and health and safety, this is a great book for history buffs and pub quiz trivia fans.
  • WHYB
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    Why does your toast always land butter-side down? How do you measure the speed of a tennis serve? And just how do you win big on the lottery?

    This book looks at the fascinating maths behind 60 different questions that cover a vast range of topics. It uses practical knowledge of numbers to answer all sorts of questions that will quench your curiosity.

    Other topics covered with application include the weather, the internet, DNA testing and romance. People who love to wow friends with facts and their intelligence will find so much joy in this jaw-dropping book.
  • MATH
    Rob Eastaway
    • £3.99
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    Maths for Mums and Dads will provide any perplexed parents with the help they need when it comes to assisting their primary school children's maths homework.

    Guiding you through the basics of primary school maths, the entertaining and straightforward book covers dilemmas and problems that your children will come across including fractions, percentages, data-handling and number bonds.

    The book will help take the tension out of maths homework sessions and contains sample questions, mock exam papers and examples of the most common errors to help children master maths in style!
  • GNGM
    Killian Fox
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    The expert creators of The Gannet offer a selection of fascinating, funny and unexpected facts about food and drink in this gastronomic miscellany.

    Going well beyond the usual food fixations, this book is presented in a very inventive style and will entertain any foodie. It offers advice on everything from creating a hit food profile on Instagram to learning the ins and outs of craft beer.

    It also highlights millenia-old products that are still edible today... are you brave enough to try Irish bog butter or Ancient Egyptian honey?
  • GHAW
    Andrew Taylor
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    It's always surprising just how many feelings and concepts that we British just don't have the words for. This gift book shows how other languages don't have this oversight.

    From the vague desire to be far away to that feeling of euphoria at the start of a love affair (forelsket - thanks, Norway), this book has words you can use in everyday life from other countries to sum up your thoughts.

    Part glossary, part amusing musings, with Andrew Taylor's The Greeks Had a Word For It, you'll never be lost for words again.
  • DMTR
    Susie Dent
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    When a golfer hits a shot that's a bit thin, they refer to it as 'Kate Moss'; refuse collectors call maggots 'disco rice'; and when a flight attendant is carrying out the seatbelt check, they're almost certainly thinking about it as 'crotch watch'...

    Written by Countdown's Susie Dent, this book will help you decipher the different private languages that are used by people all around the country. Unique and witty, it reveals why every football manager speaks the same way, how ticket inspectors discreetly request back up and what a cabbie means when he says the Houses of Parliament.

    Describing how we are surrounded by hundreds of tribes who all speak their own 'slanguage', this is an idiosyncratic phrasebook that reveals why different groups speak in such different ways.
  • SHKT
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    Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this compelling and entertaining book takes a look at the weird and wonderful stories from the theatres that have played host to the Bard's work.

    From fluffed lines to falls off stages, you'll get to find out about the terrible behaviour of the groundlings at the Globe, learn why the 'rude mechanicals' in A Midsummer Night's Dream were recast as a group of ladies from the WI and discover how Dame Maggie Smith got even with Sir Laurence Olivier.

    Curious and extraordinary, this collection of tales will entertain any fans of the Bard or the stage.
  • University Challenge - Hardback - 9781849497015 - Steve Tribe
    UCHQ
    Steve Tribe
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    A bumper quiz book for fans of the popular BBC TV series, this baffling compendium of over 2,000 University Challenge questions will keep you on your toes as you pit your wits against the country's best and brightest.

    Including questions from all manner of subjects including literature, history, sport, politics, physics, chemistry, film and many more, this all-new collection of brainteasers will allow you to prove once and for all that you're a cut above the average undergraduate. And with its gold foil finish and hardback cover, it'll look great on any general knowledge whizz's bookshelf too.

    University Challenge has been a fixture of British television for 50 years - now it's time to put your 'fingers on buzzers'!
  • LGQL
    Gwion Prydderch
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    Featuring an exciting range of facts, games and activities - all based around England's capital city - this is a fun-packed book for any Londoner or anyone who just loves the Big Smoke!

    Throughout the brain-teasers that will keep you entertained are a race to return the Crown Jewels through a marvellous maze, a West End theatre word search and you'll even be able to discover which shop once used a cobra to guard an expensive pair of shoes!

    Full of entertaining activities and London facts, this makes a brilliant gift.
  • AKZKU
    Collins
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    Collins Quiz Master offers more than 200 brand new quizzes to test your general knowledge to the limit. With 4000 brand new questions arranged in Easy, Medium and Difficult sections, you can set the pace as quiz master for your friends and family, or pit yourself against the Collins Quiz Master in a battle of wits. Q: What's inside this book? A: 200 general knowledge quizzes cover everything from pop stars to death stars. The rounds are a mixture of themes and potluck, with the questions heading from friendly teasers to ones that will scramble even an egghead's brains. Q: Who is it for? A: You, your mum, your dad, your family and friends, the man down the road and two halves of the crowd at your local. Each quiz provides good clean fun for all. The answers are quick and easy to find so that anyone can pick this up and become the ultimate quiz master!
  • HMME
    Brian Clegg
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    Test your knowledge to the limit with a sizzling collection of scientific questions from this great quiz book.

    Sure to test any would-be scientist's brain, this book has two eight-round quizzes that cover everything from where the Big Bang took place to the links between the elephant Tusko and the psychologist Timothy Leary.

    An interactive way to learn about physics, biology and much more, this book - from the science explainer extraordinaire Brian Clegg - is intriguing, compelling and entertaining for anyone who wants to learn about science.
  • ALJAG
    David Day
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    Arranged in a handy A-Z format, Tolkien: A Dictionary explores and explains the creatures, plants, events and places that make up these strange and wonderful lands. It is essential reading for anyone who loves Tolkien's works and wants to learn more about them.
  • AOWLQ
    Emma Marriott
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    If your response to a mention of the Wars of the Roses, the Sumerians or the Reformation is, 'Hmm, I've heard of that - what was that again?', then this is the book for you. This entertaining yet informative book travels back through time to fill in those embarrassing gaps in your knowledge, from the invasions of Britain, the Renaissance and the Cold War, to the American, French and Russian Revolutions, the World Wars ...and everything else you have forgotten from your school history lessons. In I Used to Know That: History, information is broken down into manageable, bite-sized chunks, refreshing your memory of all those things you once knew but have forgotten, and filling you in on the bits that the school syllabus didn't include. From building the pyramids in Egypt to the fall of the Berlin Wall, everything you used to know - and much that you didn't - is here.
  • ANLYK
    Christopher Winn
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    Bestselling author and quiz master Christopher Winn is here to test your general knowledge of Britain with over 1000 quiz questions to perplex and puzzle about our glorious islands. Covering a myriad of subjects including history, cathedrals, sports, records, modern Britain, royalty, people, places, deeds, discoveries and disasters, there is something to test everyone from Britain's brainiest boffins to the quiz beginner. Featuring a range of questions from multiple choice teasers and odd ones out to picture quizzes illustrated with charming line drawings to test your knowledge of the famous faces and facades of Britain. Alongside these sit cryptic and puzzle quizzes and special features spotlighting different regions so you can see just how well you know your local area. Perfect for all ages, this quiz book will provide hours of entertainment and education for the whole family and have you proclaiming: 'I bet you never knew that!
  • AQGQM
    John Farndon
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    From the ever-curious mind that brought you the bestselling Do You Think You're Clever? comes a brand-new trip to the far reaches of the intellectual universe, courtesy of even more notoriously provocative Oxbridge interview questions. How would you poison someone without the police finding out? (Medicine, Cambridge) What makes a strong woman? (Theology, Oxford) Instead of politicians, why don't we let the managers of IKEA run the country? (Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge) How do you organise a successful revolution? (History, Oxford) Whether you're interested in going to Oxbridge or just want to give your brain a workout, join polymath John Farndon on another exhilarating journey through the twists and turns of thought, and explore just what it means to be genuinely clever - rather than just smart.
  • AQJSK
    Daniel Smith
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    Were your school exercise books adorned with huge ticks, glowing comments and gold stars? Did you win prizes for your awe-inspiring performances on the toughest of tests? Do you still think you know it all? This is your chance to prove it as you work your way through a vast array of general knowledge head scratchers in Think You Know It All? If you reckon you've got what it takes to list the capitals of Europe, name the 52 states of the USA, check off all 38 Shakespeare plays, or recall all the James Bond films (in order), let's find out. With space to scribble, tick and graffiti, as well as an answers section for when you admit defeat, this book will entertain and challenge in equal measure.
  • ACOMP
    Caroline Taggart
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    A "Sunday Times" top-ten title in 2008 and a bestseller ever since, "I Used to Know That" has continued to delight readers with its pages of forgotten facts from our school days. Now available in paperback, this great gift book has been repackaged with a fresh jacket design for anyone new to the series, and old fans alike. Nostalgic, informative and entertaining, it is an ideal and accessible buy for adults wanting to brush up on their lost knowledge. If you've forgotten the capital city of Chile; the basics of osmosis; how to solve a quadratic equation; who wrote the famous poem about daffodils; and, the use of a conjunction or the number of continents in the world, "I Used to Know That" is guaranteed to provide all the answers.
  • ALJOU
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    The championship winning England team presents for the very first time, 3,000 questions in a quiz book for all the family. Fresh from winning the European Championships, the England quiz team have put their heads together and compiled 200 quizzes to challenge every member of the family. From questions for kids, to History, TV and Sport, and of course general knowledge, there's a quiz to suit everyone. And for those quiz fanatics among you, there are even a few fiendishly difficult ones that our very own champions struggled to answer. So pit yourself against the best, or just join in for a bit of fun; and whether you're playing in groups or simply testing your own skill, one thing is for sure - a quiz book put together by the best team in Europe is guaranteed to be the only quiz book you'll ever need.
  • AHUEP
    Gemma Elwin Harris
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    "This book is invaluable!" Alexander Armstrong Children ask the funniest questions: Why does sweetcorn come out the same as when I ate it? Do spiders speak? Why does Daddy never win the lottery? Which is faster, a Velociraptor or a cheetah? How does the lady in the satnav know where to go? Does my goldfish know who I am? (Do you think fish have two-second memories? Find out the truth on page 94!) This book takes real children's questions gathered from primary schools across the UK and asks some of the greatest thinkers and experts of our time to give short and accessible answers. Brian Cox explores the edge of the universe, Sir David Attenborough tells us whether monkeys could ever turn into men, and Miranda Hart ponders why it's funny when someone farts. Other contributors include Bear Grylls, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Quentin Blake, Heston Blumenthal, Kate Humble, John Lanchester, A. C. Grayling, Jeremy Paxman, Dan Snow, Jojo Moyes and Tony Robinson. Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? is a treasury of surprising facts and insights inspired by the curiosity of children. It is the perfect family gift - because sometimes grown-ups need help with the answers too. At least 33 per cent of the publisher's advance payments and 67 per cent of net royalty income in respect of sales of this book is donated to the NSPCC (Registered Charity Numbers 216401 & SC037717).
  • AKJDE
    Ben Schott
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    "Schott's Miscellany" makes few claims to be exhaustive or even practical. It does, however, claim to be essential. It will afford you great wisdom in the morning, several conversational bons mots for the afternoon, and many an enlightened smile after dark. Where else can you find, packed on to one page, the thirteen principles of witchcraft, the structure of military hierarchy, all of the clothing care symbols, a list of the countries where you drive on the left, and a nursery rhyme about sneezing? Where else, but "Schott's Miscellany", will you stumble across John Lennon's cat, the supplier of bagpipes to the Queen, and the brutal methods of murder encountered by Miss Marple? An encyclopaedia? A dictionary? An almanac? An anthology? A treasury? An amphigouri? A commonplace? A vade-mecum? Well - yes. "Schott's Original Miscellany" is all these, and, of course, more. A book like no other, "Schott's Original Miscellany" is entertaining, informative, unpredictable and utterly addictive.